Monstrous DT Has Two Schools on Top

Only a few short months after signing arguably the best defensive line class in the history of their football program, South Carolina is continuing to scour the southeast for top D-line talent in the 2008 recruiting class. One of their top targets plans to make a decision by the end of the summer, and a two team race is shaping up for the elite lineman's services. Read inside for more.

Northview (Duluth, GA) monstrous defensive tackle Cordian Hagans may only have one year of high school football experience, but with uncanny athleticism to go along with his 6'6", 285 pound frame, it's no wonder that he is considered one of the top defensive line prospects in the southeast this year. Hagans now holds seventeen scholarship offers, including tenders from major programs like South Carolina, Auburn, LSU, Mississippi State, Louisville, North Carolina and Boston College. However, after carefully considering his options in recent months, Hagans says that two SEC programs have begun to separate themselves from the rest of the pack.

"The ones that stand out are probably Auburn and South Carolina. Those are the two schools that stand out from the rest right now," said Hagans.

Hagans, who totaled 56 tackles, 7 tackles for loss and 3 sacks as a junior last season, shared what stands out to him about each of his two favorite schools.

South Carolina - "The thing with South Carolina is they're very family oriented. They really consider themselves not only a team, but also a family. That's one of the main things I like about them. Then I really like their coaching staff, and they also have a very nice campus. I have a good relationship with Coach (Shane) Beamer. I really like South Carolina a lot."

Auburn - "I went to their camp over the weekend, and it was real good. I got to experience how their coaches work, and I really like them a lot. I feel like I'd fit in a lot at Auburn, and I really feel like I can work with their coaches better than any other school."

The Peach State standout said he will look for two main factors to help him decide on his college destination, a choice he hopes to make by the end of the summer.

"I'm really going to be looking for a good coaching staff and good academics. Those are the main things that are really going to help me choose. I'm going to make my decision by the end of the summer."

Hagans, who has grown two inches and added over twenty pounds to his frame in the last year, said that he is still growing. At his size, Hagans runs an impressive 4.9 second forty yard dash, and he credits his athleticism to his love of playing basketball growing up. He is unsure of his summer plans right now but stated that he would like to attend camps at Clemson and UNC, and he hopes to make it to Columbia again on an unofficial visit before making his decision.

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